Pay players or let them go
Footballers not being paid their wages should be allowed to walk out and join a new club. No transfer window period should apply when the most basic right of an employee is breached.
Non-payment or regular late payment of wages should entitle a player to walk out on his club and go to any club that can offer him a job.
Artificial football restrictions like the transfer window should not apply. The rest of the working world accepts this as a fundamental right and our football players should have the same rights as the rest of us.
At the moment, if stories are to be believed, some Scottish players are being treated like chattels, having to stick with employers who treat them like nineteenth century below-stairs help.
If the current situation at Livingston is, as some players claim, one where they are regularly not being paid on time then a first-year law student knows that it constitutes a material breach of contract.
For the journalist, the plumber, the lorry driver, that situation would entitle them to walk away and take up new employment in their own trade where they can find it - and immediately.
Football, though, forgets that Bosman ever happened and continues to think that the laws of the land do not apply to it.
So players being paid late on a regular basis, although legally entitled to treat their contracts as broken, are artificially restrained from taking up paid employment at another club.
Like the rest of us, footballers have standing orders for mortgages and other bills. If they are not being paid on a regular basis, all sorts of problems are caused.
The footballing authorities need to adhere to the law of the land and do away with uncertainty in players' minds and, at the same time, bring recalcitrant clubs into line.
They need to protect the players by telling the clubs that the constraints of the transfer window (undoubtedly challengeable in law anyhow) will not apply where players have not been paid on time over a set period.
The prospect of players walking away without any compensation to the club failing to meet its legal obligations would concentrate the minds of club owners who do not honour their side of the wage bargain.
At the moment, the footballing authorities and the players' union appear to be of as much use as a chocolate watch in a fire.
It's time they took a stand to help our footballers. No wages, no contract, no player.